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Bardic Arts

"Mark von dem Falkensfenn"
by
Rima of Rockridge

"Mark time! Mark time!" the old hand said,
"He tries to rush you, use your head.
Don't block, outwind him; dodge instead,
You're young, you're fast. Why wind up dead?"

Mark time! Mark time! The minutes fled
No time for second thoughts, for bread
And wine and falcons round his head.
No time for marking, for the dead.


From a collection of fighter poems titled Valhalla. This is from the section titled: "Death and Glory".

"Long ago, the West Kingdom bards decided to produce poems for every fighter in each crown lists. We carried this on for several years before finally faltering. A large number of bards were required, since the lists kept getting larger and eventually the effort involved wore us out. Even so, we published two volumes of the best of the fighter poems. I was president of the college of bards of the West Kingdom at that time and I regard that effort as perhaps the most satisfying thing I ever achieved in the SCA." -- Steven MacEanruig


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